Rumble For Relay on June 3 & 4 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge! Relay For Life Gets Tough on Cancer with All New Events!

Relay For Life of Sevier County gets tough this year with an all-new annual event themed “Rumble For Relay” on June 3 & 4, 2016 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge! No worries, there’s still the same special traditions like the Survivor’s and Caregiver’s Lap and the beautiful Luminaria Ceremony as in the past. However; this year a local Relay Team kicked it into high gear to bring some brand-new events to the mix!

Relay for Life's Rumble for Relay June 3 & 4

All the fun begins on Friday, June 3, 2016 with the Running Cancer Out of Town 5K Glow Run/Walk at 9:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Patriot Park Pavilion near The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge. Register online at runsignup.com; cost is $25 per person. Come run or walk under the stars along the beautiful Pigeon Forge Riverwalk Greenway.

Then get ready for an action-packed afternoon of fun on Saturday, June 4, 2016 where cancer survivors and care-givers get ready to rumble! Here’s a rundown of all the events:

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Quaker Steak & Lube, Sevierville
12:30 pm
Motorcycle Poker Run
Registration begins at 12:00 noon with first bike out at 12:30; last bike out at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a ride in countryside that includes beautiful Wears Valley. Cost is $25 per driver, $10 for rider. T-shirts and 50/50 drawing also available. For registration, please call Tammy at The Mountain Press at 865-640-5344. Visit Rumble for Relay on Facebook for more details.

Saturday, June 4, 2016Rumble for Relay For Life June 3 & 4
Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge
1:00 pm        Survivor Registration Begins
1:30 pm        Pigeon Forge Community Choir Performance
2:00 pm       2016 Relay For Life Opening Ceremony
3:15 pm        Live Music by Matt Cordell
4:30 pm       Live Music by Stephen Goff
5:00 pm       Kevin Nowak Poems
5:45 pm        Fight Back Ceremony
6:00 pm       KFW Pro Wrestling
7:30 pm       Live Auction
8:30 pm       Live Entertaiment by Jay Adams
9:00 pm       Luminaria Ceremony
10:00 pm     Womanless Beauty Pageant & Closing Ceremony

With live music, food vendors and games for kids of all ages, Rumble For Relay is a great event to enjoy with family and friends…and all for a great cause…the fight to destroy cancer!

KFW Pro Wrestling event is presented by The Mountain Press and features the Cadillac Cowboy vs. WWE Hall of Fame Legend, KoKo B. Ware; Tristin Ramsey vs. Menace; Southern Bad Boys vs. Drew Game & Shane Daniels; and more!

For more information or to donate, visit www.relayforlife.org/seviertn. Be sure to check out Relay For Life of Sevier County on Facebook!

Check out this great video on the event!

Looking for a Smoky Mountain Cabin that Sleeps 8? Big Bear Cabin in Wears Valley Offers Big Fun!

Big Bear Cabin in Wears Valley sleeps eight guests in ultra comfort and affordability, so text your friends and family, and head to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for big fun this summer! The knowledgeable and friendly staff of Smoky Creek Cabin Rentals are waiting to help you plan your next Smoky Mountain Vacation!

Smoky Creek Cabin Rentals

Smoky Creek Cabin Rentals, locally owned and operated by Chuck and Melanie McGinnis, offers a variety of quality, well-maintained vacation homes in the heart of Smoky Mountains in Wears Valley, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN. Smoky Creek Cabin Rentals friendly staff is happy to assist in helping you pick out the perfect cabin for your next getaway! Choose from 1, 3, 4, 5 and 11-bedroom cabins.

A guest favorite is a three-bedroom that sleeps eight, Big Bear Cabin. Built of big logs, this beautiful cabin makes a big impression! With 3-levels of luxurious fun, Big Bear’s amenities include a covered hot tub, pool table, foosball, deluxe grill, wet bar, and huge wrap around deck with rocking chairs to soak in the view! The cabin’s great room features a 30-foot ceiling with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stack stone gas fireplace.

With a modern, full kitchen, two big screen TVs, Wi-Fi, two decks and a fire pit, Big Bear Cabin makes for awesome accommodations for your next Smoky Mountain adventure! Each of Big Bear Cabin’s three bedrooms offer king beds and televisions. The cabin has two baths with Jacuzzi tubs along with another half bath. There’s a lovely mountain stream just down the road within walking distance, nearby swimming pool access and a pond for fishing. All the better is that you are conveniently located to Cades Cove and Metcalf Bottoms in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Plus you’re just minutes away from Townsend TN, known as the “peaceful side of the Smokies” and a great place to spend an afternoon tubing down the river. And you’re just minutes away from action-packed Pigeon Forge. It just doesn’t get any better for location!

Smoky Creek Cabin Rentals offers great discounts to many local attractions including white water rafting on the nearby Pigeon River in Hartford TN. For reservations, call 877-256-STAY or 865-206-7414 or email info@smokycreekcabins.com. To view all the cabins available, visit www.smokycreekcabins.com.

HeySmokies got a tour of Big Bear Cabin by Audia Ricker, director of sales and marketing for Smoky Creek Cabins. Enjoy the tour and we’ll see you soon in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Stargazing Event at Purchase Knob on June 3rd at Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center

Kick off the summer season of fun and join us for the Purchase Knob Star Gaze on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Appalachian Highlands Learning Center at Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! If you’re a Neil deGrasse Tyson wannabe, or just a fan of the heavens, then this is the event for you!

Purchase Knob Star Gaze Event

Cat’s Eye Nebula as photographed by astonomer Josh Smith/NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has partnered with the Asheville Astronomy Club to offer the Purchase Knob Star Gaze program on Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center. The program is free; space is limited so reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling the Appalachian Highlands Science Center at 828-926-6251. This event fills up quickly but if you miss your chance you can be added to the waiting list for cancellations and the next scheduled stargazing event.

Sunset will occur at 8:42 p.m. so plan to arrive before dark to enjoy the view and a presentation on what to look for in June’s night skies. Dark and remote Purchase Knob is the ideal location for the Asheville Astronomy Club to set up awesome telescopes for viewing the galaxy, globular clusters, planets, and more! At 5,086 ft. elevation, the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center offers a 260 degree view to the southeast that is not marred by power lines or other obstructions. Here are directions to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center at Purchase Knob in the Cataloochee area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

PLANNING TIP: Participants can expect cold temperatures at the high altitude of Purchase Knob so dress appropriately. It will be dark at the event so bring a flashlight covered with red cellophane. Why red cellophane? Find out why and other star gazing etiquette here. Be sure to bring a comfy lawn chair and blanket to enjoy the nighttime show.

In case the observing portion of this event is cancelled due to inclement weather, there will be a Star Gaze at Grassland Mountain Observatory in Madison County, NC on June 4, 2016. This event will be free and open to the public with no registration required. Since this star gaze is contingent upon the Purchase Knob event, check with the Astronomy Club of Asheville’s website for weather, road conditions, and other information regarding entry to the Grassland Mountain Observatory.

Dolly’s New Lumberjack Adventure Celebrates the Spirit of the Appalachian People

Dolly Parton’s newest venture in Pigeon Forge, Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show, celebrated its grand opening on Friday, May 20, 2016 and HeySmokies was there to see Dolly, adorably dressed in buffalo plaid, as she welcomed the packed theater for the VIP premier. Dolly’s New Lumberjack Adventure is billed as a Fun Feast Adventure and it is indeed all that and more. Here’s the HeySmokies review on the new Lumberjack Adventure experience!

Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Dinner Show

With a $25 million renovation, the former Lumberjack Feud building now houses state-of-art lighting and sound technology, aerial rigging, and a new kitchen…all that makes for a whole new dinner show adventure in the Smokies!

The Dinner Part of the Show
Before we delve into the show itself, we must talk about the food. When Lumberjack Adventure proclaims to serve a Hearty Lumberjack Feast; well, they aren’t kidding! You will want to come hungry and we can bet you will still need a carry-out bag. Your friendly server (ours was Colton and he was fantastic) first brings out fresh, crunchy coleslaw and a warm, buttery biscuit. Served next is, get this, three pieces of fried chicken! And it is excellent; and at HeySmokies we know our fried chicken! You’re also served a hearty helping of moist and tasty smokehouse pulled pork. Other campfire fixings include homestyle mashed potatoes with sawmill (white) gravy and roasted corn on the cob. Unlimited Pepsi products, iced tea, and lemonade are available drinks. By the time coffee came with our dessert, we were so stuffed that it had to go into the carry-out bag! Our Lumberjack Adventure specialty dessert was a peach pastry, reheated later that evening and still flaky and delicious. (Vegetarian and gluten-free meals can be served on request.)

Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Drink MenuPigeon Forge has come a long way in recent years, and the fact that at Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure you can purchase an alcoholic drink from your seat during the show and at the bar in the lobby beforehand, is a progressive step and certainly doesn’t take away from the family-friendly atmosphere. After all, moonshine was part of everyday life for the early settlers in the Smoky Mountains.

I knew it was equally important for us to make sure the meal tasted great and helped tell the story. Dinner is really a major part of the show at Lumberjack Adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sitting down together to eat with friends and family truly is one of the most important parts of the day,” says Dolly (dollyparton.com)

And Now For the Show
The executive producer of the show is Dolly herself and she also wrote the song, “Something More” which helps tell the story of the romance between young lovers of contentious families, the McGregors and the Wheelers, in the Smoky Mountains. The show could be best described as a Hillbilly Cirque de Soleil. The 18 cast members are comprised of collegiate gymnasts, circus performers, and aerial acrobats that will amaze you with their axe juggling, trampoline jumping, tumbling, and high-flying antics that are all weaved into part of the story. There’s lots of laughs throughout the show and we don’t want to spoil them by saying too much here; however, suffice it to say they’ll “dill your pickle!”

Lumberjack Adventure is full of song and dance, and one number that we think will be a hit with the younger guests is this tall-tale of a Trip into the Enchanted Forest and a chance meeting with a Smoky Mountain Boo Hag:

The show offers a variety of music and themes to share the stories of the early mountaineers. The popular high-flying timber dogs are still part of the production as well as the competitive lumberjack sports of sawing, log rolling, axe throwing and pole climbing.

Tickets prices are $54.99 adults/$29.99 children for Preferred Seating (first four rows) and $49.99 adults/$24.99 children for Regular Seating. For more information and tickets call 844-322-4400 or visit LumberjackAdventure.com.

Be sure to arrive early for the show to visit The Trading Post were you can pan for gold and kids can become an authentic lumberjack, lumberjill or a lovely country maiden.

 

The Cataloochee Experience in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cataloochee is a tucked-away destination and its special beauty offers an appeal to all interests and ages. Bring blankets or folding chairs and a picnic, and set up camp for a long afternoon along the large meadow of Cataloochee Valley to watch for the appearance of the elk herd.

Elk in Cataloochee

Elk in Cataloochee Valley

Lace up those hiking boots and venture down some of the interesting trails located within the park boundaries.  Campers will be awed after sundown by the multitude of stars that are visible in the low light of this remote valley. Anglers are sure to enjoy searching out the perfect spot along a rushing creek to land an elusive trout. The equestrian set will appreciate the horse camp and the many trails available.

  • Fishing: Cataloochee Creek and all its tributaries feature an abundant wild trout population. A Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required within park boundaries and may be acquired at nearby communities or online from North Carolina at ncwildlife.org or in Tennessee at tn.wildlifelicense.com.
  • Camping: a 27-site primitive campground is located in the valley and is open mid-March through October for tents or RVs up to 31 feet. Group camping is available through advanced reservations. Back country camping requires  a permit. For more info, go to recreation.gov.
  • Horse Camp: reservations are required and maybe obtained by calling 877-444-677 or logging onto recreation.gov.
  • Hiking: One of the more popular trails in Cataloochee is the seven-mile loop Boogerman Trail that winds through towering old-growth forests. The Little Cataloochee Trail meanders down an old road that leads past several historical structures.

Getting There
The easiest way to reach Cataloochee is from Interstate 40. Take the North Carolina exit #20 (Maggie Valley) and turn right into Cove Creek Road.

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